November 4, 2016

A Foodie's One Day in Los Angeles

Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 
Most people visit Los Angeles to see celebrities - but to me, the food will always be the star of any visit. And Los Angeles has a glittering and diverse constellation that will satisfy any and all appetites. 

We recently flew in for one all-too brief day and of course planned all our events around our meals. If only we had more stomachs, we moaned to ourselves. But with only a sample of restaurants to visit, our palates were wowed and inspired. 

Landing at Burbank at 8:00 a.m., we immediately got into our rental car and made our first stop at the venerable, almost 100-year-old Grand Central Market in downtown. 

1. Eggslut is the undoubted star of this bustling food hall. They only make variations of one ingredient - EGGS. And they do it well.  The lines can be long, but get there before 9:00 a.m. on weekends expect a tolerable 20-minute wait. If eating with others, send one person to get coffee at B&G, on the other end of the hall and another to snag a table.  Tip: There are tables all over the hall and also the floor below.

We ordered the Slut and the Bacon, Egg and Cheddar sandwich. Of the two, the Slut was the surprise hit - coddled egg resting on a pillowy layer of mashed potatoes, topped with chives and sea salt, with toasted baguette slices. Utterly sublime. 

"The Slut"
"The Slut"
The Bacon, Egg and Cheddar was hearty and delicious, set in between brioche bun slices.
Bacon, Egg and Cheddar
2. Around lunchtime, we headed over to A.O.C. Winebar and Restaurant, for a little of "The Hills" atmosphere. The heavy dark oak interiors and Spanish-tiled patio ooze ambiance but we were here for drinks and eats.  The Mock Green Goddess is a delightful, spicy and surprisingly refreshing confection made with cucumber juice, mint and jalapeños.  I could have easily downed another.
Mock Green Goddess
But the revelation was the Spanish Fried Chicken on a Cornmeal Waffle and prosciutto slices. Simply divine. I really wanted to lick the plate but did control myself - barely.
Spanish Fried Chicken and Cornmeal Waffle
3. Our last big meal was Cuban food at Versailles. I love visiting their restaurants whenever I'm in town simply to have their famous Versailles chicken, with its crispy skin and moist meat accompanied by this out of this world garlicky, vinegary sauce that is to die for. 

Versailles Chicken
4. Surprisingly, we did have room for dessert so we made our way over to Milk Jar. If $3 cookies seem a bit steep to you - believe me when I say, one is more than enough. Thick and heavy and fresh, each bite is a sweet piece of heaven.  We tried the chocolate chip and the chocolate pecan caramel and loved them so much we ordered a half-dozen to take home with us. At home we enjoyed the banana split (which I loved even better than the chocolate chip)m rocky road, and cinnamon sugar.  All gone by the next day.
5466 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Pecan Caramel

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